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More ESF Freshmen to do more Saturday of Service

(Syracuse) Saturday of Service for incoming freshmen was initiated last year as ESF increased efforts to become more involved in the Syracuse community. ESF was one of the first colleges in the area to send its freshman class out for community service before classes begin.

Approximately 290 students and orientation leaders spent Saturday, Aug. 27, working on clean-up projects throughout the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County. About 250 students were involved in last year's Saturday of Service.

The college has again teamed up with the Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department for work in Lincoln, Thornden, Elmwood and Sunnycrest parks as well as a section of Onondaga Creek.

Patrick Driscoll, Syracuse Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, said, "We are truly thankful that ESF has selected a number of sites in Syracuse to do their day of service."

Commissioner Driscoll continued, "We are very pleased with our ongoing relationship with SUNY-ESF because we have always felt that our city parks system is a natural laboratory for the students enrolled in ESF." Working with Onondaga County, ESF students will also help with clean up in Onondaga Lake Park and Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery. Bob Geraci, Commissioner of Onondaga County Parks said, "Volunteers are a backbone to the success of County Parks, from special projects or being involved with every day programs in the parks."

"As a graduate of ESF, I am so proud and pleased that a group from the college will be helping us on this day - I know some good work will get accomplished," said Geraci, "And for those students that might not have been to either facility before, I'm guessing some strong interest may get established for future visits!"

Last year, beginning with the inaugural Saturday of Service and continuing with other community service days, ESF's Service Learning Initiative and Learning Communities, ESF students contributed more than 62,000 hours of volunteer work in Central New York.

King and King Architects, The Young Agency, Holy Shirt and Little Caesar's Pizza are helping with the cost of T-shirts and refreshments. For more information about the Saturday of Service, contact Flynn at 470-6660.


Release No. 7, August 24, 2005

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